27 Feb 2020

Man charged with murder of his child appears in court

11:52 am on 27 February 2020

A man has appeared in the Rotorua District Court charged with murdering his five-year-old son.

Rotorua High and District Court

Rotorua High and District Court Photo: RNZ / Andrew McRae

William Sio, 24, is accused of killing his son Ferro-James Sio.

The boy died in Rotorua Hospital three weeks ago.

The accused also faces a charge of ill treatment and neglect.

He will next appear in the High Court next month.

His partner, 28-year-old Liza Rawiri, is also charged with the ill treatment and neglect of the boy.